Chapter Blog continued
We have selected our officers for the next year. I will continue as Coordinator for another year. Gary Knutter will be the new Deputy Coordinator, Walt Cook will be our new Treasurer and Teresa Vinyard will continue as Secretary. Thank you, Walt, for stepping up and thank you, Gary and Teresa, for your continued service. Thank you, Johnny Ray, for serving as Deputy Coordinator this past year. Having the opportunity to serve as the Chapter Coordinator is a very rewarding experience. I always enjoy working with our members. We have a core group of members that make sure our events happen and are a lot of fun to take part in. Hope to see you all at one of our meetings or events. We welcome members that have not been around for a while and guests are always welcome to sit in on our meetings.
There is plenty going on. Check the Events and Calendar pages on the website if you are looking for something to do. Remember to be safe out there and look out for those that aren't.
Chaplain's Tid Bit
The Lips of a Child
"Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”
Three-year-old Holland was arguing with her mom during bedtime. Finally, her mother, Mary Katherine Backstrom, tucked the girl in, saying firmly, “I love you, Holland, but not another word tonight. You are going to sleep now. I’m done fussing over stuffed animals.” But Holland had one more thing to say: “Mommy, I forgive you.” Mary Katherine didn’t know Holland even knew the word forgive, so she asked what she meant. The girl said, “It means you were wrong, and I’m tired of being mad, and now I’m going to sleep and my heart won’t have a tummy ache.”
Luke 23:32-38 (nkjv)
"32 There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death. 33 And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. 34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” And they divided His garments and cast lots. 35 And the people stood looking on. But even the rulers with them sneered, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is the Christ, the chosen of God.” 36 The soldiers also mocked Him, coming and offering Him sour wine, 37 and saying, “If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself.” 38 And an inscription also was written over Him in letters of Greek, Latin, and Hebrew: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS."
That's just about it, isn't it?
When we forgive someone, we aren’t condoning their actions. We’re saying we’re tired of being mad, and we’re ready to let go of the fury so our heart won’t ache. That’s only possible through the work of Christ on the cross. When Jesus called out asking forgiveness for those who nailed Him to the cross, He showed us compassion and forgiveness.
Take His example to those around you. Be Christlike in your interactions with others today—show His heart of compassion by forgiving those who may have wronged you.
"I was reminded by my toddler never to go to bed in anger."
Mary Katherine Backstrom
Motorcycle Riders Foundation
RIDING FREE FROM DC:
Your Weekly Biker Bulletin from Inside the Beltway
Your Motorcycle Riders Foundation team in Washington, D.C. is pleased to provide our members with the latest information and updates on issues that impact the freedom and safety of American street motorcyclists. Count on your MRF to keep you informed about a range of matters that are critical to the advancement of motorcycling and its associated lifestyle. Published weekly when the U.S. Congress is in session.
December 13th, 2019
Rules on Rules
At the end of last week, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao announced she had signed a “rule on rules” that will ensure the department’s regulations aren’t too complicated, out of date, or contradictory.
The new Transportation Department action formalized a Trump administration requirement that for each regulatory step a department takes, it has to undertake two deregulatory moves.
When it comes to investigating suspected wrongdoing and enforcing its regulations, the new rules also require the department “where feasible, foster greater private-sector cooperation in enforcement.”
“This effort enhances the Department’s regulatory process by providing greater transparency and strengthening due process in enforcement actions,” Chao said in a statement.
While in general, we applaud the move to streamline the rulemaking process and update outdated regulations, we are also wary of the impact this policy change may have on regulations related to autonomous vehicles. Currently, the government has been slow to roll out rules surrounding the deployment of autonomous vehicles, and this step by the Secretary may further curtail regulations surrounding so-called “self-driving cars.”
We at the MRF will continue to monitor the rulemaking process at the Department of Transportation and demand that Congress have a say in the deployment of these new vehicles to ensure that all road users are protected.
Final In-person MAC Meeting Held
On Tuesday, your MRF attended the final Motorcyclist Advisory Council (MAC) meeting at the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The members of the council have been tasked with creating recommendations to advise the FHWA on areas concerning infrastructure and issues related to motorcyclist safety such as barrier design, road design, construction, maintenance practices and the implementation of the intelligent transportation system (ITS).
Mike Griffith, Director of Safety technologies with FHWA, advised the group that they should finalize all recommendations to be sent to the agency by the end of January at the request of the Secretary of Transportation. The Secretary of the DOT has been reviewing all of the agency's advisory councils and their functions to ensure that any or all recommendations are properly reviewed and fit in with the new rules adopted by the DOT.
While the final draft is not complete at this time, we are pleased that the council carefully and thoughtfully addressed the issue that most of us motorcyclists would like to see addressed. You will be pleased to know that they addressed everything from utilizing high friction pavement in some curves, uneven pavement and drop-offs, road construction grooving, steel plates, tar snakes (tar seals), chips and seal paving to road barriers. Notably, the council is recommending that road designers consider adding motorcycle-specific road barriers like the ones that have been studied and implemented in Europe that prevent and reduced motorcyclists' fatalities and serious injuries.
The last category of the council’s scope of work is addressing the inclusion of motorcycles in the architecture and implementation of any intelligent transportation system. Specifically, the recommendations address the vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) issues to ensure that motorcycles are appropriately accounted for and can be detected by any ITS technology that will be utilized. We are hoping by ensuring that we are accounted for in the planning stages that we can avoid infrastructure issues that we have experienced in the past that were deployed without the consideration of motorcycles on the road (Example: 30 plus states have dead red bills).
As always, we will share the final letter that will be sent to the DOT when it is made available to the public. I also want to acknowledge and commend Pennsylvania MRF State Rep, Andy Kelly, for traveling to DC over the past two years to attend all of the in-person MAC meetings. Motorcyclists in the seat signals that we will continue to be watchdogs for motorcyclists and advocate our interests.
FCC Votes to Split Auto Safety Spectrum
Speaking of ITS…
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) moved toward letting mobile devices take over airwaves long assigned to carmakers for vehicle safety, advancing a plan opposed by highway officials focused on cutting crash deaths. On a 5-0 vote on Thursday proposed devoting most of the auto-safety airwaves to broadband uses including Wi-Fi for routers, with most of the remainder of the swath going to a new cellular connected-vehicle technology. The measure needs a second vote to become effective, following a comment period.
A little background on the 5.9 dedicated spectrum frequencies was reserved two decades ago by the FCC to link cars, roadside beacons, and traffic lights into a seamless wireless communication web to help avoid collisions and alert drivers to road hazards, among other uses. The FCC is taking that stance that since little has been done to start utilizing that spectrum for its intended purpose that they want to open in up to cellular and wifi technology while transportation safety advocated and the Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao, oppose the proposal.
We at the MRF will continue to monitor the FCC’s actions of eliminating the vehicle safety spectrum as the proposal moves forward. The move by the FCC will hurt the future of connected infrastructure and the safety of motorcyclists as we continue to move to higher levels of automation on our nation’s roadways. For example, this frequency would signal to traffic lights that a motorcyclist is approaching an intersection and then tell any vehicles approaching the same intersection that a motorcycle is approaching from the other direction. The theory of this example is a fully connected transportation system may help eliminate those left-hand crashes in intersections that motorcyclists are all too familiar with.
We are currently at 121 cosponsors from 42 states and one territory for H. Res 255, the motorcyclist profiling resolution. As 2019 is winding down on Capitol Hill, your MRF is still on the hill, taking meetings and seeking new cosponsors
Click HERE to see if your member has signed on to H. Res 255.
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20th District Legislators
Rep Richard DeBolt (R)
425A Legislative Building
PO Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504
Rep Ed Orcutt (R)
408 John L. O'Brien Building
PO Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504
Sen John Braun (R)
303 John A. Cherberg Building
PO Box 40420
Olympia, WA 98504
Link to State Legislature Home page
3rd Congressional District Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler (R)
Motorcycle Safety & Education
Lewis County A.B.A.T.E
Motorcycle Safety and Education Program
It is a pleasure to help new drivers to be aware of motorcycles on our roadways. I have been teaching Motorcycle Safety and Awareness in Lewis, Thurston, and Mason Counties for the past 3 years. I found it to be very rewarding and a great benefit to our community to spread the word of Motorcycle safety. In my opinion, Motorcycle safety cannot be taught enough in our high schools and driving schools and to all drivers, no matter what kind of vehicle or motorcycle they drive. I hope to keep teaching new drivers whenever and wherever I can. “REMEMBER” always look before you act. It may Save A Life of a Brother, Sister or maybe one of your own family. HEY, were out there!! This message came from a motorcycle rider near you!
Lewis County Chapter Motorcycle Safety
and Education Chairpersons,
Keith Allen and Loren "Low" Ackerman
2020 Motorcycle Knowledge Testing Schedule for Lewis County
The closest skills test is in Lacey at the old South Sound Mall parking lot. Contact Puget Sound Safety for information.
THE SCHEDULE WILL BE POSTED
WHEN IT IS AVAILABLE
5 Skills every motorcyclist needs to develop